"Hayden has only finished in the top six twice in a nightmare final season on board Ducati’s struggling factory Demosedici."
2010, the last time the Ducati was close enough to the opposition to be considered competitive, Hayden had 11 top six finishes and ran pretty well, actually leading many fans' pick for best rider in history until around the half season mark.
2011, that stat dropped to 3 top sixes. 2012, with the new frame, 4.. as Ducati dropped away, unable to stop the rot, stubbornly refusing to drop their dinosaur L4 and trying to mackle up clueless solutions around it.
Hardly a dark horse for 2014, but a class act and a lot better than many serial knockers give him credit for, it will be very interesting to see how he goes on the RCV-R.
The fact that Nakamoto won't let the bike have it's full 24 litre fuel allocation, tells us he's worried the bike may be too competitive against the full fat fuel sippers.
Good luck to the boy and great to see him staying in GP, he's still got plenty to offer.